Many older homes have very few wall receptacles. Of course, you can solve this by plugging a power strip into the outlet. Doing this can make two power receptacles become a 6-port, 8-port, or 16-port receptacle. This doesn’t mean that it always is a good idea to do so. Before you start plugging in power strips in all your wall receptacles, be sure you understand how they work as well as what the hazards and limitations are. First, power strips are not intended to provide power to large appliances. Avoid connecting fridges, air conditioners, stoves, or other large appliances to a power strip. Instead, they should be connected directly to a wall receptacle. Contact an electrician if you don’t have a receptacle near your appliance. They can help install a new one. Avoid daisy-chaining power strips together since this could lead to them overheating. If you need more receptacles than one strip provides, you might want to consider moving some appliances around.

You should also avoid running the power cord for the power strip underneath carpets. This can also prove to be a fire hazard.

Some power strips also provide protection against power surges but don’t assume your power strip does this if it isn’t indicated.

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